Tuesday, March 20, 2012

1/72 Real X 1961 Datsun Fairlady 1200 (Real X Fairlady Histories Collection 2nd)



Recently we found this exciting product from Yodel thru their "Real X" series. Basically this is a historical assortment of die cast Nissan Fairlady cars at 1/72 scale from as early as 1961 to all the way to 1983.

They call this item as "Real X Fairlady Histories Collection 2nd"


This how the box looks like:







Inside the above big box, there are 12 smaller boxes like this:








These are all 12 of them out of the box;




Basically there are only for models available as listed below;

- Real X - 1961 Datsun Fairlady 1200
- Real X - 1974 Nissan Fairlady Z-L 2by2 (240Z)
- Real X - 1978 Nissan Fairlady 280 Z-T
- Real X - 1983 Nissan Fairlady 300ZX Z31

Each models comes in 3 color variations as you can see from the above picture showing all 12 of them.


So we will review 1 from each model, picking them in accordance to our color preferences starting with the classic 1961 Datsun Fairlady 1200;




The Datsun Sports (called Datsun Fairlady in Japan) was a series of roadsters produced by Nissan in the 1960s. The series was a predecessor to the Z-car in the Fairlady line and offered an inexpensive alternative to the British MG and Triumph sports cars. The line began with the 1959 "S211" and continued through 1970 with the "SP311" and "SR311" line.

The SPL212 was introduced in 1960. This was the first Datsun sports car imported to the USA. The letter of "L" means "Left hand drive". Now with steel bodywork, it was built in slightly higher volume than the S211, with 288 produced through 1961. The SPL212 was based on the Datsun 223 truck. It had a 1.2 L (1189 cc) E-series straight-4 engine producing 48 PS (35 kW; 47 hp). A 4-speed manual transmission was specified, and an a-arm suspension with torsion bars was used in front.

Drum brakes were used all around. This was the first vehicle to bear the "Fairlady" name. The badge on the trunk lid was the same badge that was used on the Datsun 223 truck. It was named in reference to the Broadway musical My Fair Lady.[2] The SPL212 and later SPL213 were sold only on the export market; they were named for their engine displacement. In 1960, production of the Fairlady was moved from Yokohama to the Nissan Shatai plant in Hiratsuka.

These cars are quite valuable. In 1996 a set of unrestored cars (SPL212) sold for US$100,000.














This miniature version features a nice emblem markings, realistic looking rubber tires and wheels, other exterior details are quite remarkable as well;







This one is basically the "secret model" - basically it comes with that black roof and also right hand steering wheel in accordance to Japanese/British style while the other 2 units of similar models with ivory/red and red/ivory color combination comes with left hand steering wheel (American style) and have no roof.






Overall, despite being a little smaller (1/72 scale - about 2.7 inches) than the typical Hot Wheels size (about 1/64 scale - about 3 inches), the painting finishing and the exterior detailing of the car is quite impressive, in fact it is much better than those from Hot Wheels and Takara Tomy. The interior detailing, from what I can see, is also quite good - considering the scale. The display based with the name plate is a nice added bonus. I rather display these cars by mounting it on the display base. If you are a hardcore fans of Nissan Fairlady car series (in which I'm not, but I do like them) or if you are just a die cast car collector (like me), I guess you would really wanted this item so much.











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2 comments:

  1. this is a beautiful reproduction of a classic on its own and is a lot better than other replicas not only by Hot Wheels... i had never heard about the Yodel brand, but is like delicatessen for me =O... i will be awaiting for your next publications on this set... =)

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  2. Super detail Fairladies in blind boxes. I have seen miniatures Initial D car presented like this on stand. I think they are of the same scale? i guess...

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